Date of Award

Summer 1957

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




During the last few years there has been an increasing interest in problem solving behavior and closely related area such as concept formation, decision making and creative thinking. This can be seen by the large number of papers published within the last few years. Taylor and McNemar in the 1955 Annual Review state that between 1949 and 1953, in the United States only, 125 relevant doctoral dissertations have been written and about 60 papers presented at the A .P.A . meetings besides the books written on the subject by Bruner, Vinacke, Humphrey, Rapaport. Despite the amount of work which has bean done in this area, there are still many unanswered questions.

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